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LARS AND THE REAL GIRL (2007) **** DVD review by BIG WHOOP

Posted on February 7th, 2009
Posted on February 7th, 2009


I really didn’t have big expectations for this film, mainly because I didn’t know anything about it. What I did know seemed like it would be silly. A man who carries a sex doll around with him parading her as his girlfriend, kinda sounded stupid to me.

However, my interest was peaked when I learned that Ryan Gosling (Lars) was involved with this film. He always chooses interesting characters and I like his commitment to his roles, so this gave me new hope for this film.

Lars, an emotionally damaged man, is at a cross roads in his life. He is faced with the decision to either become a shut-in or step out of his protective shell and become more social. The way he deals with his problem is to order a “love doll” named Bianca and introduces her to everyone as his girlfriend.

The wonderful part of this film is the compassion shown by the community in their acceptance of Bianca. They make her a part of their community, going above and beyond the call of duty, volunteering her at the hospital and in the shops around town. I found myself caring about a doll!

Eventually Lars realizes he doesn’t need Bianca anymore and is ready for a real relationship with a real girl. He stages her illness and then eventually her death.

Not to sound like such a girl, but this movie really got to me. It pulled my heart strings. I realize that I have this thing for guys who are emotionally challenged and so don’t take my word for it. But if you do decide to watch this film, then do so with an open mind. This movie is relateable for the simple fact that rarely ever does anyone go through life without having some sort of emotional trauma to have to get over. This is just a story about how one man dealt with his.

-Big Whoop

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